Maghrib, the evening prayer in Islam, does not have a specific time limit. However, it is recommended to perform the Maghrib prayer as soon as possible after sunset. The time for Maghrib begins immediately after the sun has set and continues until the twilight has disappeared.
While there is no strict time limit, performing Maghrib promptly is encouraged in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of hastening to perform the Maghrib prayer. This is based on the Hadith (sayings and actions of the Prophet) where he said:
“When night falls from this side and the day retreats from this side and the sun has set, then the fasting person should break his fast.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
This Hadith emphasizes the promptness of breaking the fast (Iftar) and performing the Maghrib prayer as soon as the sun sets. It is a Sunnah (recommended practice) to observe this without unnecessary delay.
While there is flexibility in the Maghrib prayer time, and it can be performed for a considerable duration after sunset, the guidance encourages Muslims to be prompt in performing their prayers. It's essential to consult local Islamic authorities or scholars for specific guidance on prayer timings and practices, as interpretations may vary among different schools of thought.